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September 23rd 2017: What does it REALLY mean?

Posted in Prophecy, Rapture, Revelation, Signs: Sun, Moon, Stars..., Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 13, 2017 by paulthepoke

 

Comments below by Trey Smith

Revelation 12:1 And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.

The argument is being made that the Virgo alignment in September 2017 is the same sign that is described in Revelation 12. That may very well be. But, whatever meaning that may have — it does NOT mean the rapture for a variety of reasons.

 

NOTE by Trey Smith: Although Biblical text can take wonderful journeys, and contain hidden messages, dates and mathematical enigmas…. At some level the text just means what it means. This particularly applies when listening to the very straight-forward words of Jesus Christ (even if they may mean the Feast of Trumpets of some year — and that date is ambiguous each time).

Matthew 24:36-37

No One Knows That Day and Hour

36 “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. 37 For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.”

This text and statement above by Jesus Himself, is a VERY bold one.

In layman’s terms it means that by working out a rapture date — you’ve probably just guaranteed it’s not the rapture date. Additionally, the passage lends incredible support to the rapture carrying the model (in a type and shadow) of a Jewish wedding (which is the focus with much study of Paul Lehr’s book, Rapture: The Bride Redeemed).

Revelation 12 Text issues

Here is how Revelation 12 reads:

The Woman and the Dragon

12 A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head.She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth.Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on its heads. Its tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth.The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that it might devour her child the moment he was born. She gave birth to a son, a male child, who “will rule all the nations with an iron scepter.” (This is the stopping point before we get to the possible rapture passage of the text).

<—– NOTE: This is the end of a sentence in what is describe as “parenthetical” passage (meaning the entire chapter as put forth under the “rapture theory” is a summary of a much longer timescale of events). So, under that very definition — each sentence can (and MUST) have vast amounts of time that transpire before the next sentence, event or idea. You have examples in the Bible where thousands of years pass between a single comma.

In a practical sense, if I gave you a “parenthetical” summery chapter of US history it might read: “The United States was born and George Washington was president. Then Barrack Obama came.” <—- You know without question these statements are separated by a vast ocean of time between.

Now beneath we continue Revelation 12 verse 5. We have to also assume the theological position (which may be correct or at minimum worthy of note) that this references the rapture as we continue after the break in the text, or list of events in the text.

Revelation 12 continued “And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne. (Note: You know there has to be a leap in the text here following this period because the new sentence now rushes you to events at the middle of the tribulation. That means — at bare minimum — one would have to take a “mid-tribulation rapture” position) The woman fled into the wilderness to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days.

Summary of Trey Smith opinion

Paul and I (Trey Smith) have spent much time on many evenings looking at this September 23rd 2017 “sign”…. While on one hand it is impossible to ignore all the math, prophecies, and the unique sign above on such day; it is also impossible to believe its the rapture for a theological arsenal of reasons. Also, in a geopolitical sense — we’re just not quite there at the place yet the texts describe.

https://godinanutshell.com/2017/09/12/september-23rd-2017-what-does-it-really-mean/

 

Article below by Paul Lehr

The Rapture Date: Is it September 23rd 2017… We believe the answer is STRONGLY NO

To those who support and advocate for Rapture Fall 2017, I hope you are right. Personally, I hope this is the case. Come Lord Jesus. Let’s go! You will receive eternal fist bumps and high fives for one of the greatest calls in human history.

But there is this comment from Jesus…

Matthew 24:36 But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.

See also Mark 13:32.

…that day and hour no one knows…Granted, this may be a veiled and figurative comment that possibly points to the Feast of Trumpets or Yom Teruah. Yes, it could be one of two days for the fall appointment pending the confirmation of the new moon.

…nor the Son…To those who support and advocate for Rapture Fall 2017, the claim is being made you have been given divinely inspired revelation that not even Jesus Christ knows. And He is God. He died for all the sins of the world. Jesus put in some serious bloodshed and sacrificial effort.  Christ claims He does not know.

…not even the angels of heaven…There are angels in Heaven in the presence of the Son and the Father in the throne room. They don’t know either.

And we are expected to believe God the Father has revealed one of the greatest calls in history to a select group of humanity in its current fallen state? Our glorification comes later at the event being predicted on said date.

One has to admit. That is an incredible and audacious claim. It may be the rapture is on for September 23, 2017 at the beginning of the Fall Appointment Feast of Trumpets. And maybe it’s not.

It has been said by those in support of the Rapture Fall 2017 camp, “This is not date setting.”

This is an observation by Phil Kulis who writes for https://paulthepoke.com.

But it has also been said by those who hype this alignment claim to have a “high degree of probability” and are “certain” that the rapture happens in the “season” or “watch period” of this alignment.

For the record, I am not claiming to know the date of the rapture. But I do know, date setters are totally defeated in history.

All of that said, it would be a grave error to dismiss the future rapture event just because it does not happen when others claim it will. Make no mistake. The resurrection/rapture event will happen at some point in the future.

1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.

 

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Revelation 12 Sign: “I Don’t Know,” Said Jesus

Posted in Prophecy, Rapture, Revelation, Signs: Sun, Moon, Stars..., Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 10, 2017 by paulthepoke

Revelation 12:1 And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.

The argument is being made that the Virgo alignment in September 2017 is the same sign that is described in Revelation 12. That may very well be.

To those who support and advocate for Rapture Fall 2017, I hope you are right. Personally, I hope this is the case. Come Lord Jesus. Let’s go! You will receive eternal fist bumps and high fives for one of the greatest calls in human history.

But there is this comment from Jesus…

Matthew 24:36 But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.

See also Mark 13:32.

…that day and hour no one knows…Granted, this may be a veiled and figurative comment that possibly points to the Feast of Trumpets or Yom Teruah. Yes, it could be one of two days for the fall appointment pending the confirmation of the new moon.

…nor the Son…To those who support and advocate for Rapture Fall 2017, the claim is being made you have been given divinely inspired revelation that not even Jesus Christ knows. And He is God. He died for all the sins of the world. Jesus put in some serious bloodshed and sacrificial effort.  Christ claims He does not know.

…not even the angels of heaven…There are angels in Heaven in the presence of the Son and the Father in the throne room. They don’t know either.

And we are expected to believe God the Father has revealed one of the greatest calls in history to a select group of humanity in its current fallen state? Our glorification comes later at the event being predicted on said date.

One has to admit. That is an incredible and audacious claim. It may be the rapture is on for September 23, 2017 at the beginning of the Fall Appointment Feast of Trumpets. And maybe it’s not.

It has been said by those in support of the Rapture Fall 2017 camp, “This is not date setting.”

This is an observation by Phil Kulis who writes for https://paulthepoke.com.

But it has also been said by those who hype this alignment claim to have a “high degree of probability” and are “certain” that the rapture happens in the “season” or “watch period” of this alignment.

For the record, I am not claiming to know the date of the rapture. But I do know, date setters are totally defeated in history.

All of that said, it would be a grave error to dismiss the future rapture event just because it does not happen when others claim it will. Make no mistake. The resurrection/rapture event will happen at some point in the future.

1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.

 

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Trend Update: Wars & Rumors of Wars, September 2017

Posted in Euphrates River, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 5, 2017 by paulthepoke

Mark 13:7-8 And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. This must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. These are but the beginning of the birth pains. -Jesus

September 5, 2017: These are the headlines for the day…We will start in Israel.

http://www.newsweek.com/israel-preparing-another-war-hezbollah-idf-practices-attack-lebanon-659510

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Hezbollah-reacts-to-IDF-drill-We-are-ready-for-any-act-of-Israeli-stupidity-504293

Israel is rehearsing an attack on the terrorist group Hezbollah out of Lebanon. The military exercise is taking place in northern Israel. The activity is a war simulation. Hezbollah’s response, “We are ready for an act of Israeli stupidity.”

 

Nuclear North Korea

http://www.nasdaq.com/article/north-korea-warns-of-more-gift-packages-for-united-states-20170905-01076

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/09/05/putin-warns-global-catastrophe-over-north-korea-nuclear-crisis.html

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/09/05/north-korea-mountain-used-as-nuclear-test-site-at-risk-collapsing-chinese-scientist-says.html

https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/Pyongyang-provocation/North-Korea-threat-prompts-Japan-evacuation-preparations

 

Russia & Ukraine

Russia wants a UN Security Council resolution for peacekeepers to the Ukraine.

https://www.rt.com/news/402094-russia-resolution-peacekeepers-ukraine/

 

ISIS

ISIS is out at Deir Ezzor, Syria on the Euphrates River. The fighting continue in Raqqa, Syria. This is the only remaining stronghold of ISIS. Raqqa is on the Euphrates River. ISIS is getting seriously squeezed in the Middle East.

https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/breaking-syrian-army-lifts-siege-deir-ezzor/

https://www.defense.gov/News/Article/Article/1298928/syrian-democratic-forces-clear-great-mosque-of-raqqa/

 

Yemen

cholera yemen

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/09/saudi-arabia-yemen-war-rebel-alliance-imploding-washington.html

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/yemens-cholera-epidemic-hits-600-000-confounding-expectations/

 

And the earthquakes and famine portions of the verse were not addressed in this post. Let alone regional flooding throughout the planet and Harvey and Irma…

NOAA Hurricane Irma

These are but the beginning of the birth pains.

 

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Trend Update: Quakes in Various Places, Japan, November 2016

Posted in Earthquakes/Volcanoes, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , on November 21, 2016 by paulthepoke

Luke 21:11 …and there will be great earthquakes, and in various places plagues and famines; and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven. –Jesus

There are parallel passages regarding earthquakes by Jesus in Matthew 24:7 and Mark 13:8. The context is the Olivet Discourse. Jesus is answering questions from the disciples regarding the signs of His coming and the End of the Age (Matthew 24:3).

Japan, November 21, 2016: An earthquake registering as high as 7.3 magnitude has struck off the coast near Fukushima. Yes, that is the same Fukushima of March 2011.

Tsunami warnings have been issued. Buoy data has been knocked out of commission near the quake area.

For earthquake geeks out there, I highly recommend these two social media personalities.

Dutchsinse can be followed on YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook. And he has a website. See link below.

https://dutchsinse.com/

Suspicious 0bservers (0bserver is with a “zero” not the letter O)

He can be followed on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and his website link below.

http://www.suspicious0bservers.org/

In the last 30 days, the USGS states there has been at least 418+ earthquakes of 4.5 magnitude or greater around the globe in various places

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/

Isaiah 24:18c For the windows above are opened, and the foundations of earth shake.

Trend Update: Sun’s Coronal Hole Increases, October 2016

Posted in Earthquakes/Volcanoes, Prophecy, Signs: Sun, Moon, Stars..., Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2016 by paulthepoke

There are multiple references in the Bible regarding the impact on the sun during the tribulation or what is called The Day of the Lord by the prophets. (Joel 2:2, Joel 2:10, Joel 3:15, Zephaniah 1:15, Isaiah 13:6, 9, 10, Isaiah 24:23, Amos 5:20, Matthew 24:29, Revelation 6:12b, Revelation 8:12, Revelation 9:2, and Revelation 9:18b).

We are not in the tribulation. There is no Jewish Temple for the antichrist to desecrate.

October 27, 2016: The coronal hole in the sun continues to grow.

A coronal hole is an area where the sun’s atmosphere is less dense. These holes contain less solar material. A lower temperature is noted than the rest of the corona. These areas tend to send out the fastest solar winds. A coronal hole cannot be seen in visible light with the naked eye. But it can be seen via ultraviolet light.

In May 2016, the coronal hole was estimated to be more than 10% of the sun’s surface area.

Look at the side by side comparison. Pictures courtesy of www.helioviewer.org

The solar winds from the coronal hole causes geomagnetic storms on Earth. The solar winds can play havoc with the electrical grid, satellites, telecommunication equipment, radar function, solar cell damage, cable disruption, pipeline corrosion, internet, and airline passenger radiation.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3873644/A-massive-coronal-hole-sun-blasting-Earth-solar-storms-CRIPPLE-power-grids.html

Some scientists believe there is a link to increased solar wind speeds and earthquake activity.

Scientists have linked coronal holes with devastating earthquakes in recent times: Japan magnitude 8.5 and Nepal magnitude 7.8.

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/549270/solar-storm-coronal-holes-earthquake-europe

Volcanic activity, earthquake frequency and intensity are on the increase all across the planet.

Luke 21:11 …and there will be great earthquakes, and in various places plagues and famines; and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.

There are parallel passages regarding earthquakes by Jesus in Matthew 24:7 and Mark 13:8. The context is the Olivet Discourse. Jesus is answering questions from the disciples regarding the signs of His coming and the End of the Age (Matthew 24:3).

Isaiah, Ezekiel, Joel, Nahum, Amos, Haggai, Zechariah, Job, and David the Psalmist have references to earthquakes during the Day of the Lord.

There are at least 7 references to earthquakes in the book of Revelation alone.

Luke 21:28 “But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” –Jesus

So…is Jesus credible?

Trend Update: Quakes in Various Places, Salton Sea, Bombay Beach, California, September 2016

Posted in Earthquakes/Volcanoes, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 28, 2016 by paulthepoke

Over the past week, there has been a swarm of earthquakes under the Salton Sea. Granted, most of the earthquakes have been less than 2.5 in magnitude. One issue is the location. This earthquake swarm is located on the southern edge of the San Andreas Fault Line. At the time of this post, approximately 275 tremors have occurred under the Salton Sea in the last week. Is the Big One coming???

Mark 13:7-8 When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be frightened; those things must take place; but that is not yet the end. For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places; there will also be famines. These things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.    –Jesus

There are parallel passages regarding earthquakes by Jesus in Matthew 24:7 and Luke 21:11. The context is the Olivet Discourse. Jesus is answering questions from the disciples regarding the signs of His coming and the End of the Age (Matthew 24:3).

Is this Jesus referring to here and now of the early 21st century? If not, no big deal, life goes on.

If so, serious consequences. BIG TROUBLE for earthlings.

Think about it.

Trend Update: Roaring Sea and Waves, Halloween 2015

Posted in Gospel, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 1, 2015 by paulthepoke

Luke 21:25 There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves…

wave

The passage above is one verse from Jesus’ Olivet Discourse (see also Mark 13, Matthew 24, Luke 21).

Look at the context of this verse, signs in sun and moon and stars. Recently (2014 and 2015), we have experienced a unique series of solar eclipses and a blood red moon tetrad. Two solar eclipses (one in the spring and one in the fall) are scheduled for 2016 on God’s appointed holidays. There was also the Star of Bethlehem phenomenon in the summer of 2014. A sign in the stars is scheduled for Feast of Trumpets/Yom Teruah/Rosh Hashanah in the fall of 2017.

…at the roaring of the sea and the waves…

Hurricane Patricia (weekend of 10/24/15): Patricia was the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere. Patricia had the lowest atmospheric pressure on record at 880 millibars. Sustained winds of the hurricane were similar to an EF5 tornado. Winds were at least 200 mph.

http://www.weather.com/storms/hurricane/news/things-to-know-hurricane-patricia

Arabian Sea Tropical Cyclone Chapala (weekend of 10/31/15): Currently, the storm is at high category 4 level. It is scheduled to make landfall in Yemen in the first week of November 2015. Up to 20” of rain are possible in a 48 hour period. This is how much rain the region receives in 8-10 years! There is no record of a category 4 cyclone or stronger tracking as far south as Chapala in the Arabian Sea.

http://www.weather.com/storms/hurricane/news/cyclone-chapala-yemen-oman-arabian-peninsula

Praia do Norte in Nazaré, Portugal (week ending 10/31/15): This year’s conditions are producing 100’ waves. Of course, surfer dude wants the ultimate thrill. The previous record wave ride was at 78’. Be careful. These crashing waves have been known to knock surfer dude unconscious…Again, these are record setting waves.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3294639/That-s-high-tide-Crowds-watch-surfers-tackle-massive-swells-season-Portuguese-beach-daredevil-rode-100ft-wave-regarded-biggest-year.html

Am I suggesting the weather events of the past week are the fulfillment of Jesus’ words???…NO!

I am stating the events discussed are the strongest and most powerful in recorded history as we know it. The fact they have all occurred in the last week of October 2015 is thought provoking.

If we are in the time period Jesus is discussing, the trend will increase in regards to intensity and frequency. This may be the beginning of the party.

Matthew 24:8 But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs. –Jesus, Olivet Discourse

Luke 21:28 But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near. –Jesus

But when these things begin to take place… Are these “the things” taking place? If so, His return may be right around the corner.

The Greek word for “redemption” in Luke 21:28 is apolutrosis. Per Strong’s Concordance it means: redemption, deliverance, release, liberation procured by the payment of a ransom.

Believers in Christ are redeemed, released, and liberated from the prison of eternal hell at the cross. The cross work of Jesus is a legal and binding transaction for all time. The criminal broke the law and was found guilty. The criminal was sentenced with unpayable fine. The criminal could not afford the payment of the fine. The fine of the criminal was paid for and with the blood currency of Jesus.

He is currently alive at the right hand of the Father. And He is coming back…

…your redemption is drawing near. –Jesus

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